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Abstract Title: W56 - LabVIEW-Based Instruction for Instructional Labs
Abstract: This hands-on workshop will be of interest to those seeking to include LabVIEW-based instruction in their instructional lab curricula.

As an example of a computer-based instrument that students can build in an instructional lab setting, during the workshop you will construct a digital thermometer using a National Instruments myDAQ data acquisition device, LabVIEW software, and a thermistor excited by a constant current circuit. If time permits, a digital oscilloscope with software analog triggering and/or a spectrum analyzer can also be constructed. These projects are all drawn from the book "Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers, Second Edition" (Oxford University Press).

A station with all of the required hardware will be provided for your use during the workshop, including a Windows laptop loaded with the current version of LabVIEW, a myDAQ device, and the electric circuit components. Courtesy of Oxford University Press, you will receive a free copy of the Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW text to keep. You will work in self-paced fashion at your station with a partner (or possibly solo, depending on workshop enrollment).

As you will be writing LabVIEW programs that control the myDAQ device during the workshop, a basic skill-level in LabVIEW programming will be assumed. The required familiarity with LabVIEW should be acquired in advance of the workshop, for example, by reading the first three chapters of Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW (if available) or completing an online tutorial such as http://www.ni.com/gettingstarted/labviewbasics/. A free trial version of LabVIEW software can be downloaded from the www.ni.com web site.
Abstract Type: Workshop
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Workshop Documents

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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: John Essick
Reed College